Selma Rotary Marching Band Festival is Oct. 26

The Selma Rotary Marching Band Festival will feature 25 bands in marching and field show competitions.

One of Selma’s foremost events is the annual band festival that attracts high school and middle school marching bands from throughout the state.

The Selma Rotary Marching Band Festival began 48 years ago with a field show, and the parade followed two years later. The 2013 event is Oct. 26 and begins at 10 a.m. with the parade and follows with the field show at 1:15 p.m. There are nine bands entered in both the parade and field show, with 10 bands choosing to take part in the parade only while another six, including three middle schools, will participate in the field show only.

“It’s a great family day,” said Char Tucker, the festival’s chairwoman. “People get out at 7:30 a.m. to get a good seat and watch them march down High Street.”

The parade will feature the bands as well as a number of different floats. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Teachers.” The field show will take place at Staley Stadium on the Selma High School campus.

“They do a complete musical routine,” Tucker said of the field show. “They do some very nice performances.”

A team of professional judges will assess performances in both the parade and field show. There are prizes for first, second and third in each division.

Bands competing in the parade and field show: Washington Union High School, Sanger High School, Reedley High School, Granite Hills High School, Edison High School, Hanford West High School, Orange Cove High School, Redwood High School and Orosi High School.

Bands competing in the parade only: Sunnyside High School, Chowchilla Union High School, Riverdale High School, Fowler High School, Tranquility High School, San Benito High School, Kerman High School, Roosevelt High School, Mariposa County High School and Dinuba High School.

Bands competing in the field show only: Paso Robles High School, Atascadero High School, Templeton High School, Washington Intermediate School, Terronez Middle School and La Joya Middle School.

The parade will begin at Lincoln Park at Rose and McCall avenues. Admission to the field show at Staley Stadium is $7, $5 for seniors 65 and older and $4 for students and children 18 and under.

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